July 2nd Update

As we enter July, and we move into the middle of summer, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.  Please find updates on current and upcoming events at our pool below:

Swim Team

The swim team has begun with success! We are really pleased with the first few days of socially distanced swim team. The team will be practicing in the pool from 9:15 to 12:00 Monday through Friday until the end of July.  Thanks for sharing the pool for this important activity for the kids.

Water Aerobics starts Thursday July 2
The class includes aerobics, strength, flexibility, balance, and fun exercises.  The 45-minute classes are open at no cost to both permanent and summer members.  The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 9:15am starting July 2nd. Those attending the water aerobics class do not need a reservation in the system but will need to check in with staff. Questions?  Contact Marianne at cinthe@verizon.net or 301-229-6690.

No Shows Are Becoming a Problem
If you have signed up for a slot for the pool, and you decide not to attend, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible but at least 2 hours before the start of your reservation.  Please know that space is limited this year, and when you don’t show up, it takes a spot from other members. There are many members who are unable to get spots. Please be fair to others. Here are the directions to cancel your reservation: https://bannockburnpool.com/summer2020/how-to-make-cancel-reservations/

Members will now find a Reservations tab in their manage account screen (under Member tab) where they can view all of their past and upcoming reservations and cancel any upcoming ones they no longer wish to use. If you are unable to use the online cancellation system, the lifeguards can cancel a reservation by calling (301) 229-6876 between the hours of 12PM-5PM when the pool is open.

Reminder of four visit per week Reservation Limit
Many reservation slots are now filling to capacity quickly so we want to remind you of the reservation limits we put into place to try to ensure everyone gets to use the pool while we still have to limit capacity:

  • Each family member is allowed three weekday visits (Monday – Friday)
  • Each family member is allowed one visit on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Members are asked to come only once per day (no double visits)

Please note early morning lap swimming and swim team practices do not count towards these limits.  Additionally, if there is inclement weather causing the pool to close during your session that will not be counted towards the allotment.

This is an honor system.  Going forward, as we see individuals exceed the limit for a week or weekend, your last reservation will be cancelled.  We will not notify you in advance of this cancellation.

Grills 

The grills are now open for member use. Please make sure you bring your own grill tongs and wipes to clean high touch surfaces before and after grilling.

Text Alerts
To get alerts about changes to pool operating days and hours because of weather, etc., please sign up for text alerts: Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go here to sign up. Opt out of the text alerts at any time by texting “unsubscribe” to 662-200-4303. If you already signed up for this service last year you do not need to sign up again.

Stroke Coaching/Swim LessonsGiven social distancing requirements, all swim lessons this summer will be focused on stroke improvement versus learn-to-swim.  Learn-to-swim lessons where instructors are in the water with children are simply not possible per health department guidelines.  We plan to kick-off stroke coaching lessons the week of July 6th.  Each 30-minute session will be $25 with payment to be handled directly with the instructor who will be our swim coaches and lifeguards.  Please go to pool website Activities page and let us know about your child’s current swimming level and objectives for the lessons and an instructor will be in-touch the week of July 6th.

Food Deliveries and Trucks @ Pool Parking Lot

Below is a brief update and summary of this week’s pick up food options.  These struggling companies would LOVE your business!   If you happen to be at the pool swimming consider buying from these trucks to make it worth their while.  All food pick ups are at the pool parking lot.

Wednesday (July 1) Carnivore BBQ, Wings & Pizza: 5:30 – 6 pm
Heat and Feast Pickup! Online ordering is open now here until 3:30 pm Wednesday.  In addition to great BBQ, Carnivore also has kids menu items including pizza, mac and cheese and NY famous H&H bagels to the online menu options.

Thursday (July 2) Shouk: 6 – 6:30 pm
Israeili vegetarian food! You can order via their website or app before 4 pm on Thursday.  These “Hood Drops” are every Thursday with pickup at 6 pm.  Shouk is an award winning fast casual with a unique take on Israeli street food. Their food is plant-based, planet-friendly, and certified Kosher. Feast on their delicious falafel and wraps! They’ve just added DIY falafel and other meal kits to their menu.

Saturday (July 4) Cipolla Rossa Gourmet Pizza: 3- 7 pm
Enjoy delicious pizza for your Fourth of July festivities! This small, family owned business is usually selling their delicious, individual size Neapolitan style pizzas at the Bethesda Central Farm Market and elsewhere.  Customers can pe-order and pay online Friday evening at 9 pm, July 3, here.

Sunday (July 5)  Roaming Rooster Food Truck: 11 am – 2 pm
Menu and online ordering open now here.
Roaming Rooster’s fried chicken is a DMV gem! Hareg Mesfin and Michael and Biniyam Habtemariam, all hailing from Ethiopia, started their unique business in 2015, serving free range and grain fed fried chicken.  Read more about them here

Check out the pool calendar here for information about future food deliveries and trucks. Also, we have a rising Whitman High School senior – Brielle Ohana – who is helping to market the food truck visits to Bannockburn. Follow on Instagram @bannockburn_foodtrucks or join a facebook group called Bannockburn Food Trucks

We ask that you read through and understand the FAQs during this unprecedented time.
We appreciate your patience and your adherence to the new policies and procedures. We
are hopeful that during the upcoming months that we will be able to expand our offerings
for this summer, but will adhere to all local and state guidelines.

Sincerely,
Your Volunteer Bannockburn Swim Club Board of Directors

June 25 Pool Update and Reminders

The POOL IS OPEN and getting more popular by the day! Here are a few important updates and reminders:

1. Schedule Change Beginning Monday June 29
Beginning Monday June 29 we’ll be adding swim team practices to our weekday morning schedule, as well as adult water exercise classes starting July 2. These new offerings will mean slight schedule changes to Early Bird lap swimming time slots and slots later in the day. Please be patient — while pool capacity remains restricted, we will all have to share.

2. Swim Team
Registration is open for summer swim team – please find more information at the registration link here: https://bannockburndolphins.swimtopia.com/

3. Common Member Questions
Several questions have been emailed into the bannockburn inbox and we want to draw your attention to the answers. Please see below:

Can I sign up for more reservations if the pool is not fully subscribed?
In light of our capacity restrictions at this time, we’re asking each member to sign-up for no more than 4 reservations per week, including one slot on the weekend. This requirement is per paid member, not per family. In other words, different family members can sign up for the same or different 4 slots each week. We ask that you are respectful of these numbers so that all of our members can have a chance to enjoy the pool this summer.

How do I cancel my reservation?
Members will now find a Reservations tab in their manage account screen (under Member tab) where they can view all of their past and upcoming reservations and cancel any upcoming ones they no longer wish to use. If you are unable to use the online cancellation system, the lifeguards can cancel a reservation by calling (301) 229-6876 between the hours of 12PM-5PM when the pool is open.

What happens if my reservation is rained out/stormed out?
If there happens to be a rain out/storm during your reservation, and you are forced to leave the pool, that reservation will not count against your reservations for the week.

What happens if someone near me is coughing and I am uncomfortable?
Given the time of year and for various reasons, people sometimes cough. That said, a symptom of COVID-19 is also a dry cough. If someone is coughing and there is a concern or someone feels unsafe, please notify a lifeguard of your concern and a supervisor will speak with that person or parent. During these times of COVID, we ask that you please be vigilant if you or a family member are sick, please stay home – we appreciate your cooperation during this time.

When do I have to wear my mask at the pool? Do I need to wear it when I walk in?
Per the FAQs – Staff and patrons will be required to wear face coverings when outside of the water whenever possible. Please make sure you wear a mask at the entrance and all other times when possible.

Here is a link to the FAQs for your reference: https://bannockburnpool.com/summer2020/faqs/

4. Grills
The grills will be opening on Saturday for member use. Please make sure you bring your own grill tongs and wipes to clean high touch surfaces before and after grilling.

5. Text Alerts
To get alerts about changes to pool operating days and hours because of weather, etc., please sign up for text alerts: Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go here to sign up. Opt out of the text alerts at any time by texting “unsubscribe” to 662-200-4303. If you already signed up for this service last year you do not need to sign up again.

Food Deliveries and Trucks @ Pool Parking Lot

Below is a brief update and summary of this week’s pick up food options. These struggling companies would LOVE your business! If you happen to be at the pool swimming consider buying from these trucks to make it worth their while. All food pick ups are at the pool parking lot.

Thursday (June 25) Shouk Israeli vegetarian food. You can order via their website or app before 4 pm Thursday. These “Hood Drops” are every Thursday with a delivery at 6 pm. Shouk is an award winning fast casual with a unique take on Israeli street food. Their food is plant-based, planet-friendly, and certified Kosher. They’ve just added falafel and other meal kits to their menu.

Saturday (June 27) Little Lady Grill Latin Fusion 3-8 pm Menu can be viewed here (scroll down to bottom). She offers wonderful grilled dishes including chicken, steak, shrimp, salmon, as well as some veg options. Call or text your order in advance now and up until Saturday at 703-475-4576. She can also accommodate walk/drive ups too if she doesn’t sell out. Check out more background information on Glenda here.

Sunday (June 28) Mana Hawiian Food Truck 3-8 pm Menu and pre-ordering available now here. Mana has items to choose from including Poke, Island Fried Chicken, Kalua Pork and Tempura Tofu. And do order the purple sweet potato haupia pie if it’s available! More background info on Mana can be found here.

June 21 Update

Here are a few high-level reminders as we return to the pool.  Read this helpful, brief reservation instruction overview.   Our policies and procedures and our Covid FAQs also have useful info.
  1. Use Google Chrome when making reservations.  Many who used other web browsers had trouble completing the reservation process.
  2. We ask that members reserve no more than one 2-hour slot on the weekends and three (3) 2-hour slots during the week.  Paid family members can reserve at different times or families can come together.
  3. Members can only make a reservation 48 hours in advance.  Every day the system will open for the next available sign up slots.
  4. Early bird lap swimming does not count towards above four visit weekly limit.

June 15 Update

We are anticipating that Montgomery County will move to Phase 2 on Friday June 19 at 5pm.  Our plan is to be open as quickly as possible – we are aiming for a Saturday, June 20 6:30am opening.

While it is very exciting, it is also important to remember that this year’s pool season will look different than past seasons, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are a few changes that you will see at the pool:

1. Initially, the pool will only be open for lap swimming – we expect this to change in time, but we will need to follow local and state jurisdiction guidelines.

2. We have put additional policies and procedures in place to ensure that our members are safe and stay healthy throughout the summer swim season. You can review those additional policies and procedures here: https://bannockburnpool.com/summer2020/policies-and-procedures-2/.

3. We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document to address member inquiries: https://bannockburnpool.com/summer2020/faqs/. In the FAQs, there are instructions for making reservations for visits at the pool. More information will be sent out later this week on this topic..

4. Each member will be asked to review and acknowledge the Bannockburn Pool Pledge – https://bannockburnpool.com/summer2020/. The purpose of the pledge is to ensure that everyone can enjoy the pool and feel safe.

Swim Team

While the MCSL has officially canceled the swim team season, the Swim Team committee is hard at work figuring out how to offer some sort of a swimming program for Bannockburn Swim Team swimmers.  Please stay tuned for more details on this initiative in the coming days!

Food Trucks 

Check out the pool calendar here for information about this week’s food trucks. These small businesses are really struggling during COVID-19, so they appreciate your support.

Thank you very much for your patience and flexibility this summer season. We are working to make sure that we can enjoy the pool, in some capacity, this summer.

Best,

Your Volunteer Bannockburn Pool Board

June 8 Update

Hello Bannockburn Swim Club Families,

Although Governor Hogan recently announced plans for a further re-opening of the state to Phase 2, Montgomery County Executive Elrich said the county will remain in phase 1 for the time being.   It is our hope that an announcement will be made soon and we are pleased to share that our pool passed its inspection and is ready to open when we are able to do so.

The Board, in close communication with our pool contractor, is sorting through details. Much will depend on Montgomery County’s guidelines, but we anticipate a “Phase One” opening that will allow for limited and controlled access to the pool. Planning steps that need to be completed in advance of the opening include working with our software vendor to employ a reservation system and developing policies requiring staggered arrivals and exits, limiting use of the bath houses, getting staff appropriately trained, and implementing a robust cleaning/sanitizing protocol.

We realize you likely have many questions and concerns.  Please refer to this Covid 19 FAQ for more information. 

We are very busy preparing to be ready to open the pool on the first day that Montgomery County allows it.  We appreciate your continued patience – we too are eager to jump in the water!

Below is a brief update and summary of this week’s pick up food options.  These struggling companies would LOVE your business!  All food pick ups are at the pool parking lot (6513 Laverock Lane, Bethesda).

Tuesday (June 11) 5-7 pm District Falafel has been a long time Bannockburn Swim Club and Swim Team favorite.  You can order and pay online here. You can also text or phone in your order to 202 422 8353.   Mohammad, the owner, grew up in Palestine and would often help his mom pick out spices from the market to make traditional Palestinian dishes. His aunt, owned a falafel shop and taught Mohammad the ins and outs of how to soak chickpeas in a warm climate overnight, and add onions and spices through a variety of techniques. These time intensive steps are truly what makes Mohammad’s falafel so scrumptious and addicting.

Mohammad later moved to Jerusalem and was enamored by the different spices from all over the world he found there. He is extremely grateful for the spices he tried while in Jerusalem, and the experiences he gained living there. Mohammad has also had another food truck, Holy Moly Hummus where he gained invaluable experience and noticed that his customers love unique combinations and traditional foods including his Pakistani rice that he has mastered!

Mohammad’s twists on falafel, shawarma, and lamb wraps are customer favorites because of the traditional touches and unusual spice combinations. His savviness with cooking traditional foods in a new and truly unique way, make District Falafel something to try!

Like other food trucks, the Corona virus has hit his business hard.  He would love to have your business.

Thursday (June 11) Shouk Israeli vegetarian food.  These “Hood Drops” are every Thursday with a delivery at 6 pm.  Shouk is an award winning fast casual with a unique take on Israeli street food.  Their food is plant-based, planet-friendly, and certified Kosher. If you’ve never heard of Shouk, check out this recent Washington Post review.  You can order via their website or app before 4 pm Thursday. 

Saturday (June 13) Pho Wheels 11 am – 5 pm  Online ordering will open Friday night June 12 at 7 pm and the menu can be viewed here.

Welcome to the wild world that is PhoWheels! This unique Vietnamese comfort food inspired food truck is a family business originally from Houston, Texas, but now roaming the DMV bringing traditional recipes with modern interpretations. Vietnamese food has many influences including both Chinese and French and thus PhoWheels cooking is infused with unusual spice combinations, textures and flavors that reflect these influences. As you slurp the beefy broth of a bowl of Pho or bite into a Vietnamese taco or a banh mi sandwich, you will taste the flavor explosion of cilantro, pickled carrots, siracha and garlic. You will understand the crossroad of cultures that is Vietnamese cuisine and you will say “YUM! I want more of this food!”

Pho Wheels offers great Vietnamese take out food, including banh mi sandwiches, pho, eggrolls, Vietnamese inspired tacos and Viet iced coffee.

Sunday (June 14)  Little Lady Grill 4 – 7 pm –  Meet Glenda and The Little Lady Latin Fusion Grill Truck who is returning by popular demand. This is a family owned and family oriented business that specializes in an all grilled menu that features healthy food of the finest quality. Glenda, an El Salvadorean-American has been grilling her entire life, learning from her father, who would fire up the grill in the back yard every evening. Glenda and her husband grill throughout all four seasons and particularly like grilling steaks in the winter! Grilling a lovely rib-eye steak, from her father’s recipe is Glenda’s favorite item to cook, but she prefers to eat a fabulous piece of grilled chicken. (Her best sellers are grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon and carne asada).  Glenda uses unique spice combinations, fresh herbs and family recipes to bring you unforgettable platters, salads and sandwiches of the best grilled food around town!  Check out her menu options here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).  You can call or text your order in advance now and up until Sunday at 703-475-4576.  Glenda prefers Venmo or cash payments but can accommodate credit card if that is not possible.  She can also accommodate walk/drive ups too if she doesn’t sell out. 

Sincerely,

Your Bannockburn Swim Club Board of Directors

Update on Summer 2020 Opening / Swim & Dive Team seasons both cancelled

Early June Update –

As your volunteer board of directors continues to navigate the unique conditions that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to keep you updated on the discussions that are taking place amidst the pool board of directors and within the community of local pools. Pending the green light from the county, we are working toward a hopeful June opening. Taking into account county guidance, there will be restrictions on pool capacity as well as enhanced safety and cleaning precautions. The board is currently developing a plan to stagger member’s time at the pool initially to prevent crowding. Once these policies and procedures have been finalized, we will share them via email and they will be posted on the Bannockburn Pool web site for reference.

The board is developing a “Bannockburn Pledge” with the idea that each member will be asked to sign to acknowledge that they:

1. Understand the policies and procedures that will be in place for the start of this unique pool summer;
2. Understand the policies and procedures are likely change and evolve over the summer based on experience and external conditions;
3. Are willing to do their part to help keep the pool safe for everyone.

We know that this year may look different than years past; however, we are hopeful that we will have a wonderful summer despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges and try to adapt as best we can while trying to give our members the best possible experience for the 2020 season.

April 24, 2020 — Summer 2020 Update

Covid 19 Related Update:  The Bannockburn Swim Club’s Board of Directors continues to evaluate all options for Summer 2020.  At present we’re likely looking at a delayed opening in mid-June, at the earliest. Regardless of when or if we open, our pool management company will need to move ahead with repairs, inspections and hiring for the summer season because postponing these important steps means running the risk of not being able to open the pool when it is deemed safe to do so.  Most outdoor pools are moving forward with pre-season preparation and Montgomery County is planning pre-inspections.  In the likely event we have a delayed opening or closure, we’ll consider the costs incurred to date and issue partial refunds to members.  We will share updated plans and policies as soon as possible as our opening date approaches.

 

 

Food Vendors in the time of Covid 19

The pool parking lot is currently a staging area for restaurants and food trucks to provide nutritious food to community members during Covid 19.  These small businesses are struggling so they really appreciate community support in buying their food and sharing with your family.   All vendors prefer pre-ordering and pre-payment to allow for a quick pick up .   Please check the Upcoming  Events section of our site regularly to see the food line up as new vendors and dates are being added often.  Hyperlinks to their businesses and order forms are included by clicking on their name.